22251 NE Laughlin Road, Gaston, OR 97119
Wines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling
How To Reserve: Book online via winery website, Walk-ins Welcome
George Hillberry and Carla Rodríguez fell in love with Beacon Hill in 2010 and planted their roots in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The property includes 22 acres of vineyards planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and most recently, Albariño. Interesting fact: Beacon Hill was first established in the late 1990s by renowned wine maker Tony Soter, of Soter Vineyards. Beacon Hill’s tasting room and surrounding grounds offer a stunning and relaxing experience.
Why Featured: Beautiful winery and setting in a peaceful wine country valley, and excellent wines including a nice lineup of Willamette Valley Albariño
24055 NE North Valley Rd, Newberg, OR 97132
Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Red Blends
How To Reserve: Book online via winery website
A fusion of art and craft fuel Bellingar Estates. Located in the Chehalem Mountains outside Newberg, the tasting room overlooks the estate vineyard and cut-flower garden. While you sip, you can admire the rich, color-filled crafts created by co-founder Kim Bellingar. Her unique pieces are also available for purchase. For those members with pets and/or children, Bellingar Estates welcomes well-behaved kids and dogs on-leash.
Why Featured: Bellingar is a hidden gem “mom and pop” style winery in the Newberg countryside. Good people, great wine.
3635 Bethel Heights Rd NW, Salem, OR 97304
Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling wine, Dessert wines
How To Reserve: Book online via Tock
Pattie and Mark Björnson established their estate vineyard and winery in the beautiful Eola-Amity Hills in 2006. Their tasting room boasts views of Mount Hood and the surrounding hills, and features a curated selection of local art available for perusal and purchase. The combination of volcanic soils and a temperate climate rendered by the Van Duzer Corridor winds makes Björnson Vineyard wines unique and complex. Driving an electric vehicle to wine country? Björnson Vineyard also has EV charging available on-site.
Why Featured: Björnson is a classic in the Eola-Amity Hills and a favorite of WineryHunt members every year we feature them!
21101 SE Cherry Blossom Ln, Amity, OR 97101
Wines: Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Riesling, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Melon de Bourgogne, Pinot Gris, White Blend
How To Reserve: Online
Since its founding in 1998, Brooks has become one of Oregon’s most popular wineries because it offers everything a wine lover could want. The biodynamic wines are some of the best in the valley, with a particularly impressive assortment of white wines. The tasting room atmosphere is just plain cool, and the view of the estate vineyard and lower valley hard to beat. There are food pairings, vineyard tours, classes, animals, events, etc etc. Overall, this is a can’t-miss winery in the Willamette Valley.
Why We Love Brooks: The staff and wines are top-notch. Brooks has everything dialed in and is highly regarded in every way.
11511 NW Cummins Rd, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Pinot Noir, Sparkling wine, Rosé of Pinot Noir
How To Reserve: Book online via winery website, call (503) 852-7060, or email the winery
Take the road less traveled and visit Carlton Hill Wine Co in the stunning countryside west of Carlton. Taste wine in a historic wooden barn and maybe play a round of croquet! Winemaker/Owner David Polite has honed his winemaking philosophy alongside his vineyard. With a focus on Pinot Noir, his wines demonstrate the nuances of the varietal, are food friendly, and exciting to taste.
Why Featured: Tastings are held in the beautiful historic barn at the top of Carlton Hill, and owner David Polite is a fantastic host and storyteller.
Estate Vineyard & Winery: 12000 Old Wagon Rd, Carlton, OR 97111
Downtown Tasting Room: 645 NE 3rd St Suite 1A, McMinnville, OR 97128
Wines: Sparkling wines, Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir Blanc, Dolcetto, Lagrein, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenach, and more!
Chris James Cellars is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery that produces unique wines in the hills west of Carlton. The vineyard was planted in 2012, with additional blocks planted in each year since. In 2015 the winery produced their first lots of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc and have since expanded the wine selection to offer hand-crafted lots of Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Dolcetto, Lagrein and more.
WineryHunt Members are welcome to visit at the secluded estate vineyard and winery in the Carlton countryside (you’ll love the views of the vineyard and Oregon coast range). You are also invited to taste at the beautiful urban tasting room in downtown McMinnville.
Why Featured: Chris James offers a remarkable variety of wine varietals to choose from
21000 SW Eagle Point Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128
Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Dry Riesling, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Syrah
How To Reserve: Book Online via winery website
Coeur de Terre’s sloping vineyards exemplify the McMinnville AVA and its unique soil. Named for a giant piece of rock that was unearthed during the planting of the vineyard, Coeur de Terre offers one of the few Syrah wines made from fruit grown in the Willamette Valley. They also produce an excellent lineup of Pinot Noir and white wines. The deep porch with ample seating makes this a great tasting spot on a clear day. You likely won’t have cell reception in this remote location when visiting, offering a chance to be present in the moment.
Why Featured: Coeur de Terre is a pinnacle of what makes the McMinnville AVA so special. It consistently is a member-favorite among past WineryHunt featured wineries.
17150 NE Hillside Dr, Newberg, OR 97132
Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rosé, Sauvignon blanc
How To Reserve: Book Online via Tock
J. Christopher is owned by Ernst “Erni” Loosen, the internationally acclaimed winemaker behind Germany’s Dr. Loosen and Villa Wolf estates. Erni has a lifelong passion for Pinot Noir, and he recognized in the early 1990s that there was something very special going on here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This fusion of old world and new world winemaking sensibility makes J. Christopher’s wines sophisticated. The patio and tasting room give visitor a 365º view of the Chehalem Mountains – a real lesson in the geography of this AVA.
Why Featured: The patio and views from J. Christopher are amazing. It’s down a dirt road and can be easily missed if you don’t know where to look…
27200 NE Bell Rd, Newberg, OR 97132
Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Grenache Rosé, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc
How To Reserve: Open by appointment Friday-Sunday. This small winery books up quickly and is closed for harvest in September & October. Best time to reserve is May -July and November – December.
Wisconsin transplants Sid and Mac Heinze are two brothers who got bitten bad by the wine bug. Their tasting room overlooks their estate vineyard that is farmed by the brothers themselves, who will also be the people pouring your tasting. It’s a true vine to glass experience! Enjoy their great Pinot Noirs and then explore their wines from other vineyards including their Chenin Blanc.
Why Featured: King’s North has a cult-like following and hasn’t been featured previously on WineryHunt!
701 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128
Wines: Chardonnay, Dessert wine, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Sparkling wine, White Pinot Noir
How To Reserve: Book Online via Tock
Pike Road is the eclectic sister winery of Elk Cove Vineyards. Sourcing their grapes from some of the most esteemed family-owned vineyards in the Willamette Valley, Pike Road’s mission is to support these farmers through long-term commitments that allow them to keep doing what they do best – farm. The result of this is consistently great wines that keep fans coming back for each new vintage.
Why Featured: Solid wines at an affordable price. A must-visit when in downtown McMinnville.
13101 NW Fox Ridge Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128
Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Rosé
How To Reserve: Text the winery to inquire and reserve 971-237-3784
The search for wines for their wedding brought Deepak and Sinclair Sawhney to the Willamette Valley the first time. Each visit back to the valley had them falling more in love and finally they made the permanent move from Seattle into the heart of the valley. Roshni’s site is south facing and receives light throughout the day, making it a warmer site, and because the vineyard benefits from its location in the rain shadow of the Coastal Range, it also enjoys the drying winds from the Van Duzer corridor. A visit to Roshni makes you fall in love with the Willamette Valley all over again.
Why Featured: Roshni just started offering tastings from their hilltop in the McMinnville outskirts. The wines and people are great, and WineryHunters will be among the first to discover Roshni.
801 Scoggins Rd Box 235, Underwood, WA 98651
Wines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Verdot, Rosé, Pinot Gris, Red Blends, Semillon, Grenache, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
How To Reserve: No reservations required
We are cheating a bit by having a Washington winery on WineryHunt Oregon. But the Colombia Gorge is such a majestic place, and with its close proximity to Portland, we couldn’t help ourselves. There are great wineries on both sides of the border in the Gorge, and this one happens to fall on the north side.
South Hill Winery sits on Underwood Mountain above the Columbia River and offers spectacular views and solid wines. Owners Philip & Sheryl Jones had been making wines in New Zealand for years and in 2006 opened South Hill. Their son Spencer now makes the wine with assistance from a crew that visits from New Zealand each year.
Why Featured: Who doesn’t want an excuse to spend a day in the Columbia Gorge soaking up views and great wine?
10052 Enchanted Way SE, Jefferson, OR 97352
Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sparkling wine
How To Reserve: Book Online via Tock
This is a cornerstone winery of Oregon’s unfolding winemaking tradition. St. Innocent was established in 1988 by Mark Vlossak and has consistently produced acclaimed expressions of Oregon Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Sparkling wines. Visiting their new winery and tasting room just south of Salem is a treat. We highly recommend their Heritage Vineyards Flight to wrap your palate around the full breadth of St. Innocent’s signature style and sourcing of grapes from premium, established vineyards in the Willamette Valley. This flight also includes tastes of Mark’s sparkling wines that are imbued with his personality and passion.
Why Featured: St. Innocent is a legendary Oregon winery, and we have never featured them before on WineryHunt!
11880 SE Eola Hills Rd, Amity, OR 97101
Wines: Albarino, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir
How To Reserve: Reserve online via Tock
This new winery in the Eola-Amity hills is armed with the winemaking firepower of Jared Etzel, reknowned for his wines at Domaine Roy & fils and Coattails. The Tekstura tasting room is modern and beautiful, set right in the vineyard with a vineyard porch to sit outside on nice days. The wines are excellent and Tekstura offers memorable Albariño and Sauvignon Blanc in addition to more traditional Oregon varietals. Be sure to be among the first to make the visit to this up-and-coming winery!
Why Featured: The beautifully designed tasting room just opened, with top-notch hospitality and wines
14725 NE Quarry Rd, Newberg, OR 97132
Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Sparkling wine, White Pinot Noir
How To Reserve: Book online via winery website. The website will charge the normal tasting fee up front. This will be discounted in part or in full during your visit.
Recently named the “2022 Oregon Winery to Watch” by Great Northwest Wine, Potter’s Vineyard limited production wines are turning heads. Their estate vineyard perched in the new Laurelwood District AVA makes a perfect backdrop for the intimate tasting experiences that are Potter’s Vineyard’s signature. Those that appreciate great local art can also indulge in perusing the pottery on display and available for purchase in the tasting room.
Why Featured: Chat with the owners, meet the winery dog, and feel like part of the family of a mom and pop Oregon winery.
16250 SW Oldsville Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128
Wines: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rosé, Riesling, Pinot Noir
How To Reserve: Walk ins are welcomed, but reservations are preferred: 503-843-3100
Yamhill Valley Vineyards is located on a beautiful 150-acre estate just minutes southwest of McMinnville. Over the years YVV has built a dedicated following for their wines, view and people. The tasting room is nestled at the base of the coast range foothills, surrounded on all sides by rolling hills of Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc grapevines. A sprawling deck off the back of the tasting room lets visitors revel in their surroundings while tasting the most recent vintage of wines, all grown exclusively on this property and showcasing the distinct flavor characteristics of McMinnville foothill wines.
Why Featured: Excellent wines at affordable prices. Lower-key, unpretentious, reminiscent of Oregon wine country of the good old days. 2023 is also their 40-year Anniversary!